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The Choice is Endless - Part one

By Colonnade Security Inc.

Choosing the right alarm package for your home or business

Finding a company to install a security system in your home or business can be as easy as talking with homeowners in your neighbourhood and friends who may have a security system.

Take a look around your home or business and decide what you need before you ask for an estimate.

  • Do you want alarms on your doors, windows, basement windows or other entries?
  • Do you want to protect your inventory?
  • Do you want to protect against water damage or flooding?
  • Do you want motion sensors?
  • Do you Video Surveillance?


Once you know what you want, choose three companies and talk with their representatives so you can compare their prices and their services to see which one best suits your needs.

Many security companies sell a residential package that includes a basic alarm control, a keypad, a couple of door contacts and a basic motion sensor. This package may or may not include an installation price, or it may be “no money down” with so much a month for a term that can be from 36 to 60 months.

As a consumer, you should understand this package is just that, basic; it is what some alarm companies use to get your business with the prospect of signing you to a monthly contract for a term. Anything above this basic package is considered an extra and you will have to pay for any extras up front.

— Carl

Cost should not be the only factor that you consider when choosing a security system. You should check the reputation of the company with the local police and the Better business Bureau. As a rule, a good security system will cost about 0.5 percent the value of your home; for example, for a $300,000 home it will cost you about $1500.00 or more depending on your particular needs.

At Colonnade Security Inc.; we do not lease or rent alarm security systems. If you are considering a finance option, we are here for you. With over 35 years of security experience, give Colonnade Security Inc., in Ottawa a try.

For more information, you can call 613-839-1274 or email

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